Creative development

As lockdown begins to ease and life starts to look like returning to normal, I am feeling more optimistic and inspired.

Over the months I have been giving my art direction a lot of thought. I have been thinking about how I paint and why; a very useful process to go through, particularly when there are less demands on my time. My focus has been very much on how I can convey a sense of a place which isn’t real but might exist in an amalgamation of memories. My intention being to capture a sense of timelessness or  fleeting moments which linger in the mind but with a vagueness attached. I like the feeling of looking out to sea and drifting off into a trance or a daydream.

Technically I have been looking to abstraction to help me achieve these ideas. By removing the specifics of a place I hope to create a new visual space. To help achieve this I have been using texture to conjure up the feel of a place and heightened colour to remove it from realism.

These paintings are pieces that I have been working on most recently. They may change a little yet but I need to live with them for a short while before I decide.

Prints on show

With lockdown x 3 the arts have struggled this year, with many events & exhibitions being cancelled or postponed. It looked as if the annual Rugby Open Art Competition would happen breifly, however lockdown 3 intervened. The exhibition is currently on display, with hopes that socially distanced visitors will be  allowed in before it is dismantled in April. I have had two prints selected, which I have shown below, along with the link to the online catalogue and overall exhibition.

https://online.fliphtml5com/53

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RLUsrWvOXNQ

Lithography skill development

After some trial and error I’ve begun to develop more printmaking skills. Lithography is something I’ve been wanting to learn for some time. Watching You Tube videos and making many errors I’ve taught myself lithography using polyester plates. One day I would like to try stone lithography. In the meantime I can see the potential of the technique and looking forward to being more experimental.

Updates

Many events are being cancelled even up to Christmas so sadly there is only one exhibition I can currently rely on. Organised by Uk Artists, I will be exhibiting alongside other artists at The Royal Priors in Leamington Spa from 1st-20th September, open everyday 11-5pm. I am showing work I have yet to exhibit and some new browser work too.

New work

I thought I would share some of my new work.
I have two events in the calendar for September & they still appear to be going ahead.
My efforts are therefore focused on developing some of my themes in preparation.


Mixed Media paintings measuring 16″ x 12″ unmounted

3 Mixed media paintings on rag paper